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MBA Students Gain Global Experience through Costa Rica Study Abroad Program

UL Grad School -- 06/11/2019

While completing a master’s degree often requires hours at a computer and cramming from books, students in the MBA program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette recently had the opportunity to spend 10 days in Costa Rica learning about sustainable business practices. A combination of lectures and business visits gave the group an up-close look at Costa Rica’s strategies for protecting local ecosystems and developing a green society.

Professor Patricia Lanier took over the @ulgradschool Instagram account during the intensive 10-day program in San Jose and Tamarindo Diria, while MBA student Kayla Hebert took over the @myullafayette account.

A trip to a pineapple plantation in La Fortuna let students observe (and taste!) the pineapple farming process, from planting to harvesting.

At the Technology Institute of Costa Rica, local students joined the group to discuss the ins and outs of rural entrepreneurship.


UL Lafayette students also explored the Don Juan coffee plantation to learn about the practical requirements for growing coffee, as well as the economic importance of the crop in Costa Rica.

Students received 3 credit hours from the program and returned with firsthand knowledge of an emerging market and Costa Rica’s innovative approaches to sustainability and environmental research.

Of course, the itinerary left plenty of time to explore the natural wonders of the country, from volcanoes to waterfalls and exotic birds.

MBA students know their coursework can translate into many different job settings, but now they’ve learned how to make the world their classroom. We can’t wait to see where they end up next!

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